Acne is tough enough to deal with, but at least it’s only temporary. Its scars, however, are another story. There are various procedures that can effectively address acne scars, and our skin rejuvenation practice in Los Angeles provides patients with various options. One of the most sought after treatments is acne scarring resurfacing. The procedure lessens or removes acne scars and gives you smoother, flawless skin.
What is acne scarring resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing uses a laser to send out brief pulses of high-energy light that are absorbed by the skin. The light is changed into heat energy and the heat then vaporizes a thin section of skin, layer by layer. As this wounded area heals, the body initiates a reaction by creating new skin to replace what was removed in the laser treatment. The result is smoother, clearer, and more radiant skin with much less visible acne scarring.
What acne scarring resurfacing treatment will I choose?
Erbium Yag laser treatment is effective on mild to medium acne scars. It provides remarkable results and has a recovery period of about 7 to 10 days, depending on the number of passes, intensity, and skin type. Beyond erbium Yag laser treatments, Dr. Acosta also offers other options such as dermabrasion and chemical peels. During your initial consultation, your skin will be evaluated to provide you with the best skin care treatment for your condition and according to your preference.
How will you prepare for acne scarring resurfacing?
During your consultation with Dr. Acosta, it is important to inform him of your health condition, including the presence of any fever blisters or cold sores around the mouth. Having such conditions during laser skin resurfacing may lead to breakouts in patients who are at risk. Ahead of the procedure, you’ll also need to stop taking any medications that can affect blood clotting. Smokers will need to not smoke at least two weeks before and after treatment.
What can you expect from the results of acne scarring resurfacing?
Normally, a skin resurfacing procedure may include several areas of the face, as it is also used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. However, when treating small areas such as acne scars, Dr. Acosta will numb only these particular areas with a local anesthetic agent. You may also be sedated to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. It only takes about 30 to 45 minutes to eliminate acne scars using acne scarring resurfacing procedures.